Mercado isn’t the best Mexican food you’ll ever eat. It is, however, as good as you’ll find in the immediate downtown Santa Monica area, and after a day of walking around the pier with your out-of-towner cousins, that’s good enough. The space is nice and relaxing and not as scene-y as you think it’d be.
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Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
The arrival of Sidecar means Santa Monica's donut game just became legitimate.
Giorgio Baldi is an Italian restaurant in the Palisades and one of the most insane celebrity hideouts in the city.
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Enrique’s is an old-school Mexican restaurant in Long Beach, and home to a pork shank that will temporarily solve all of your life’s problems.
It’s not that we’re against taking meat out of food. It’s that taking the meat and cheese out of Mexican food leaves you with a whole lot of nothing.
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Mexican restaurant La Cabaña is a Venice landmark with huge burritos and a killer back patio.
No. 10 is about what you’d expect from an expensive Italian restaurant on W. 3rd St. So it’s pretty boring.
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